24 July 2016
creating my own deck of animal medicine
For some time now I have shared glimpses of the wild neighbours that live side by side with me here in the densely forested Okanagan-Shuswap. Familiarising myself with these indigenous locals has been significant to settling myself into this land.
Learning the ways and stories of this place that I call home: they have been, and continue to be my teachers.
A little while ago I shared that I am pondering the addition of a new deck to work with alongside my favoured tarot from The Wild Unknown. As I have continued to roll this around, the idea of creating my own deck of animal wisdom using this catalogue as a basis unfolded. Kind of a pocket-sized version of the blog posts, if you will.
When it came, the idea was simple enough: a deck of collaged images on index cards, combining indigenous wildlife photography with found text and other evocative clippings from a variety of magazines I have in my stash.
I remember a long time ago reading Marian Green’s suggestions in A Witch Alone of how to go about making your own divination tools, such as pendulums, staves and runes, and how at the time I was enchanted by the idea of creating my own set of cards.
Funny how we come full circle, or rather spiral back with expanded insight. All comes in good time. I guess some ideas just take a long time to cook. Like a really long time!
I still have a long space to go in making all the cards I shall want, not least of all because I have presently run out of glue and would like to refresh my magazine stash; but the small collection I have begun this week I am really pleased with, and am enjoying the simple pursuit of snipping, clipping, gluing and sticking.
Once I have a goodly selection I shall start playing with them to see how they work as a tool for reflection and learning. And then we will see where the path takes us...
But tell me, how do you feel about creating an oracle deck of your own? Is it something you would be interested in exploring? I would love to hear from you if you have your own handmade deck of sorts. How has it changed and influenced your cartomancy practice?
:: BEKA ::
// further reading //
A Witch Alone, Marian Green
Your Book of Shadows, Patricia Telesco
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